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Get Better Sleep & Improve Your Commute

May 15, 2018

You probably know that May is National Bike Month, but did you know that it is also Better Sleep Month?

May was established as National Bike Month back in 1956 with a focus on bike safety. Today, the League of American Bicyclists promotes the event as a way to get people to try biking. Part of the month-long promotion includes Bike to Work Week which encourages commuters to think about how they might use pedal power instead of fossil fuel for their trip to work. Massachusetts has an established network of Park and Pedal locations where you can drive part of the way and park then take your bike in case your commute is too long to bike all of the way.

Of course, in order to tackle any physical or mental challenge, you will do better if you get a good night of sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, research shows that after people sleep they retain information and perform better on memory tasks. The average adult needs around 7-9 hours a night. In addition, sleep is needed to rejuvenate, grow muscle, and repair tissue. Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain and is a contributing factor in a number of diseases. Not to mention that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributes thousands of crashes each year to drowsy driving from lack of sleep.

www.sleepbetter.org has five simple tips to help you get a better night of sleep:

  1. Don’t eat too much or drink alcohol right before bed
  2. Create a bedtime routine
  3. Stick to your schedule
  4. Check your bedroom temperature and keep it between 60 and 68 degrees
  5. Do a bedding check and replace bedding regularly to keep it fresh

Along with exercise and getting a good night of sleep eating a nutritious diet will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle overall. Good news, May is also National Egg Month, National Asparagus Month, National Sweet Vidalia Onions Month and National Strawberry Month.